Grace to You

We're having such a marvelous time in the gospel of Luke. We have come now in our study of this gospel to the Passion Week, the final week of the life of our Lord before His death. And we have also come during that week to Thursday night...Thursday night, the night that Jesus spent in the Upper Room with His disciples, the night in which they celebrated the last Passover, the night in which He instituted the Lord's Supper, the communion service which we celebrate, the night in which He gave them final instruction and final promises about what was to come. But it was also a night filled with trouble.

You might have expected that on the last night that our Lord had before He went to the cross to give Himself as a sacrifice for sin, that it might have been best to give Him a night of peace, a night of tranquility, a night of rest, a night of comfort. Not so. Consistent with the history of redemption since the Fall, since with the history of the world, everything God does He does in the face of trouble. All the objectives and purposes of God are fulfilled perfectly, but always because God triumphs over trouble. And while we may think of that evening with Jesus isolated from the mobs, isolated from the angry leaders of Israel who wanted Him dead, set aside in that Upper Room with only the Apostles who had been with Him for three years, that this would have been a night of love, a night of joy, a night of satisfaction, a night of some pleasure. It turns out, it was filled with serious trouble...serious trouble, and on the brink of far greater trouble than any of the disciples had ever imagined....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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